The Cleveland Browns new head coach Mike Pettine has a novel concept when it comes to building his team’s philosophy. He wants to find out exactly what he has and then implement a style of play.
“We’re going to study the players first and then we’re going to go ahead and match the system to fit their talents,” Petting said to Nate Ulrich of The Akron Beacon Journal.
While the Browns will try and bring in a fresh new crop of talent this offseason, they will need players who are currently on the roster to step up and succeed. No team can make a positive jump if only the rookies and free agents are contributing.
Building an offensive and defensive philosophy based on the talent that is already on the roster is a great way for players to improve quickly. If they are put in positions to succeed, more often than not they will.
In 2013 it was wide receiver Josh Gordon, tight end Jordan Cameron and safety T.J. Ward who had breakout years for the Browns. They will need a new group to rise in 2014.
Let’s take a look at the most likely candidates to make the jump from contributor to impact player.